The National Marine Fisheries Service has revised its proposed designation for critical habitat for the Arctic subspecies of the ringed seal and proposed critical habitat for the Beringia distinct population segment of the Pacific bearded seal subspecies. The agency is accepting comments on both proposals until March 9, 2021.
NMFS Proposes Critical Habitat for Ringed Seal and Bearded Seal
CBD to File Endangered Species Suits Against Trump Administration
The Center for Biological Diversity intends to file suit under the Endangered Species Act challenging the Fish and Wildlife Service’s delay of protection for eleven species, including the Peñasco least chipmunk, the gopher tortoise, the Colorado Delta clam, the northern spotted owl, and the Monarch butterfly.
FWS Reclassifies June Sucker to Threatened with a Section 4(d) Rule
The Fish and Wildlife Service has reclassified the June sucker, a Utah fish, from endangered to threatened with a section 4(d) rule. The rule is effective February 3, 2021.
NMFS Proposes Incidental Take of Marine Mammal Rule Change
The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed to amend the regulations implementing the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan to reduce the incidental mortality and serious injury to North Atlantic right whales, fin whales, and humpback whales. The agency is accepting comments on the proposed rule until March 1, 2021.
Tribe Sues Dam Operators for Killing Endangered Fish
The Puyallup Tribe has filed suit against the operators of a dam on the Puyallup River, alleging that the dam violates the Endangered Species Act by killing fish.
FWS Announces Five-Year Review for Northern Long-Eared Bat
The Fish and Wildlife Service has announced its initiation of a five-year review of the status of the northern long-eared bat under the Endangered Species Act. The agency is accepting comments for the review until February 22, 2021.
FWS Issues Final Rule Governing Exclusion Analysis of Section 4 of ESA
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service have issued a final rule setting forth a process for excluding sections of critical habitat under section 4 of the Endangered Species Act. The rule responds to recent Supreme Court precedent and is effective January 19, 2021.
CBD Files Suit to Protect Minnesota Lynx
The Center for Biological Diversity has filed suit against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, alleging that the state is not doing enough to stop the trapping and killing of a protected species of lynx.
FWS Finds Reclassification of Spotted Owl and Listing of Monarch Butterfly “Warranted but Precluded”
Agencies Issue Final Rule Defining “Habitat” in Section 4 of ESA
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service have issued a final rule adding a definition of habitat to the regulations governing section 4 of the Endangered Species Act. The rule responds to recent Supreme Court precedent and is effective January 15, 2021.